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Grant Number: 5R01CA081877-04 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Elder, John
Organization: San Diego State University
Project Title: Innovative Nutrition Communication for Latinos
Fiscal Year: 2002


The proposed study combines innovative and traditional methods for promoting healthy diets among Latinos. The first phase of the study will employ focus groups, depth interviews and participant observations to develop and test concepts, message framing, and personalization strategies. Results from the first phase will be incorporated into the interventions designed for the second phase of the study. This phase will recruit 351 Spanish-dominant Latino women in San Diego area to participate in a 12-week nutritional health promotion intervention. Women will be randomly assigned to one of three groups: promotora/personalized material condition personalized/distance learning condition; and the usual care condition. In the first condition, participants will receive 12 weekly home visits by trained promotoras who will implement the intervention face-to-face via contingency contracting and personalized print pieces. In the second condition, participants will receive the same 12 weekly personalized print piece, but no home visits from a promotora. Participants in the third condition will receive 12 weekly :off the shelf" print pieces considered high- quality and language-appropriate. This longitudinal research study will include 4 repeated assessments over a 15-month period. The primary outcome variables for this study are percent calories from dietary fat and number of grams of dietary fiber. Measures will be collected by trained bilingual/bicultural measurement technicians at baseline, immediately following the 12-weeks of intervention. Aggresive cohort maintenance strategies (used extensively in the past by our research team) and incentives are expected to help retain 85% of the study group over time.


Secretos de la Buena Vida: processes of dietary change via a tailored nutrition communication intervention for Latinas.
Authors: Baquero B. , Ayala G.X. , Arredondo E.M. , Campbell N.R. , Slymen D.J. , Gallo L. , Elder J.P. .
Source: Health education research, 2009 Oct; 24(5), p. 855-66.
EPub date: 2009-04-01.
PMID: 19339374
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Underreporting of food intake among Mexican/Mexican-American Women: rates and correlates.
Authors: Bothwell E.K. , Ayala G.X. , Conway T.L. , Rock C.L. , Gallo L.C. , Elder J.P. .
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2009 Apr; 109(4), p. 624-32.
PMID: 19328257
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Evaluating psychosocial and behavioral mechanisms of change in a tailored communication intervention.
Authors: Elder J.P. , Ayala G.X. , Slymen D.J. , Arredondo E.M. , Campbell N.R. .
Source: Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 2009 Apr; 36(2), p. 366-80.
EPub date: 2007-12-12.
PMID: 18077657
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Development and validation of a scale to measure Latino parenting strategies related to children's obesigenic behaviors. The parenting strategies for eating and activity scale (PEAS).
Authors: Larios S.E. , Ayala G.X. , Arredondo E.M. , Baquero B. , Elder J.P. .
Source: Appetite, 2009 Feb; 52(1), p. 166-72.
EPub date: 2008-09-19.
PMID: 18845197
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Association between family variables and Mexican American children's dietary behaviors.
Authors: Ayala G.X. , Baquero B. , Arredondo E.M. , Campbell N. , Larios S. , Elder J.P. .
Source: Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 2007 Mar-Apr; 39(2), p. 62-9.
PMID: 17346653
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Long-term effects of a communication intervention for Spanish-dominant Latinas.
Authors: Elder J.P. , Ayala G.X. , Campbell N.R. , Arredondo E.M. , Slymen D.J. , Baquero B. , Zive M. , Ganiats T.G. , Engelberg M. .
Source: American journal of preventive medicine, 2006 Aug; 31(2), p. 159-66.
EPub date: 2006-06-15.
PMID: 16829333
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Association of a traditional vs shared meal decision-making and preparation style with eating behavior of Hispanic women in San Diego County.
Authors: Arredondo E.M. , Elder J.P. , Ayala G.X. , Slymen D. , Campbell N.R. .
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2006 Jan; 106(1), p. 38-45.
PMID: 16390665
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Restaurant and food shopping selections among Latino women in Southern California.
Authors: Ayala G.X. , Mueller K. , Lopez-Madurga E. , Campbell N.R. , Elder J.P. .
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2005 Jan; 105(1), p. 38-45.
PMID: 15635343
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Interpersonal and print nutrition communication for a Spanish-dominant Latino population: Secretos de la Buena Vida.
Authors: Elder J.P. , Ayala G.X. , Campbell N.R. , Slymen D. , Lopez-Madurga E.T. , Engelberg M. , Baquero B. .
Source: Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2005 Jan; 24(1), p. 49-57.
PMID: 15631562
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Correlates of body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio among Mexican women in the United States: implications for intervention development.
Authors: Ayala G.X. , Elder J.P. , Campbell N.R. , Slymen D.J. , Roy N. , Engelberg M. , Ganiats T. .
Source: Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, 2004 Sep-Oct; 14(5), p. 155-64.
PMID: 15482966
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